Local bike shop, Banjo Cycles together with the Newbury Specialized Concept Store and local custom cycle component company, RaceWare Direct will be sponsoring a new youth cyclo-cross development team for the 2018/19 season. Additional support will be provided by Vittoria Tyres and Endura cycle clothing.
The team will comprise 8 local riders, male and female, aged 15-17 who will be racing locally in the Wessex Cyclo-Cross League, around the UK in the British Cycling National Trophy Series and also abroad.
The team members are:
Angus Hawkins, Arthur Boulton, Duncan Pritchard, Gareth Davies, Emily Conn, Amelie Prior, Amelia Cox and Alexa Hawkins.
Launch of the team was at the Banjo Cycles Summer Cyclo-Cross Series in Goldwell Park, Newbury 17th May. The series runs for 6 weeks and attracts nearly 200 local riders each week.
The team also plans to engage with the community and coaching sessions will be available for local riders from the late summer and throughout the autumn months offering all the opportunity to try or develop their Cyclo-Cross skills alongside team members.
Mark Letters, owner of Banjo Cycles and the Specialized Concept Store said: “We are very keen to promote youth sport and offer young cyclists an opportunity to develop in the very competitive environment of Cyclo-Cross”
Chris Boulton, team coach commented: “I am delighted that Mark and the team have decided to support youth cycling in the area and look forward to an exciting season ahead”
Other sponsors are also welcome and if any local companies are interested in becoming involved they should contact the team via Banjo Cycles.
New youth Cyclo-Cross development team launches at Banjo summer Cyclo-Cross.
Cyclo-Cross is a discipline that combines both off-road and on-road cycling. Riders take part on what look like road bikes with appropriately treaded tyres and requires fitness and a high level of bike handling skill.
Typical Cyclo-Cross terrain includes grass, woodland trails, hurdles, pavement, mud and even sand!
Two bikes are required by each rider as courses can be very muddy and often requires bike changes during the race. Power washers are needed to clean the bikes in the pits.
It is the No.1 sport in Belgium and fast-growing in the UK. The current Cyclo-Cross Junior world champion is British with many other British riders at the top of the sport.
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For press enquiries please contact: Chris Boulton Tel: 07881 773781
Morgan Jones, Banjo Cycles Tel: 01635 43186